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Ravi Ahuja Named President and COO of Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures Entertainment is making a big change in its leadership.

The entertainment studio has named Ravi Ahuja president and COO, according to a memo to staff Wednesday from SPE CEO Tony Vinciquerra. Ahuja is taking on the new role “to work more closely with me and our entire leadership team as we chart our path forward through a rapidly changing and increasingly complex entertainment industry.”

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Ahuja, currently chairman of Sony Pictures Television and head of corporate development, will also continue to oversee the company’s TV business in his elevated role.

The promotion to president and COO (a position that did not exist previously) positions Ahuja as a likely successor to Vinciquerra, though a source noted that the SPE CEO is not expected to leave his post anytime soon.

Ahuja joined Sony in 2021, shaping the TV division’s content strategy; creating a dedicated game show production group; expanding on the relationship with Sony’s PlayStation Productions; and staying active in the M&A space, including the acquisitions of Industrial Media, Bad Wolf and Pixomondo.

Before joining Sony, he was president of business operations and CFO of Walt Disney Television, and before that was CFO of the Fox Networks Group and CFO of Virgin Entertainment Group.

Read Vinciquerra’s note below.

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Ravi Ahuja, Chairman, Global Television Studios and Corporate Development is being appointed to President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Sony Pictures Entertainment, effective April 1. Ravi will retain his current Chairman role and title at Sony Pictures Television and continue to report to me.

Since joining SPE in 2021 after holding leadership positions at Disney (President, Business Operations and CFO for Walt Disney TV) and Fox (CFO of Fox Networks Group), Ravi has consistently brought to bear his vast experience, knowledge, and expertise to help guide our operations and overall corporate direction. From reorienting our television businesses to better align with the realities of today’s TV landscape, to leveraging and expanding our popular franchises and game show IP, to seeking out new areas of growth through M&A, Ravi’s strategic insight and ability to drive execution have been instrumental in enhancing our businesses and preparing SPE for an even stronger future. In this expanded role as COO, Ravi will be able to apply his talents and results-driven approach across the breadth of SPE’s businesses.

Ravi will be moving to Poitier to work more closely with me and our entire leadership team as we chart our path forward through a rapidly changing and increasingly complex entertainment industry.

Ravi’s current oversight and reporting lines at SPT and in SPE Corporate Development will remain unchanged. In addition, my leadership team will also continue reporting directly to me.

Please join me in congratulating Ravi on this well-deserved appointment.

Tony

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